||Low woody shrub, about 2 ft tall with thin thorns on branches.
Leaves in clusters, oval, with teeth on the margins. Flowers
bell-shaped, hanging, yellow, with a notch in each petal.
An attractive native shrub, but relatively
rare and threatened in many parts of its range. In Wildwood, grows
along the woodland edges on the eastern slope of the park; particularly
common along the Grand Staircase.
One of the
threats to this plant is replacement by Japanese barberry (B. thunbergii), an
invasive exotic introduced from Asia as an ornamental. This
species also occurs in Wildwood. It can be easily distinguished by
its leaves, which have no teeth.